Buying a puppy?
It’s all too common to let your heart rule your head when considering the huge commitment of getting a puppy. We chatted to The Kennel Club to get some useful tips and advice to make the decision easier and to make sure your choice of dog is well suited to your family and lifestyle.
- Always go to a reliable and reputable breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, who are committed to carrying out the relevant health tests for the breed.
- Always see the puppy with its mother and in its breeding environment. Make sure you ask to look at the kennelling conditions and if you suspect the conditions aren’t right, then do NOT buy the puppy.
- Do your research – understanding the breed you are buying is essential. There are 215 different breeds recognised by the Kennel Club in the UK. Certain breeds are such the Labrador, Britain’s most popular dog, are suited to families with small children, while others, such as greyhounds and spaniels, need plenty of space and exercise.
- Don’t buy a puppy as a present. Unfortunately, too many people buy a dog on a whim, as shocking Kennel Club research reveals more than one in 10 gets a dog as a spur of the moment decision, with 1 per cent buying a puppy because it’s fashionable. Sadly when choosing a breed, nearly a quarter of pet owners based their decision on how the dog looked, and some even admitted they chose their pup based on their favourite celebrity’s dog.
If you want some first-hand experience, Discover Dogs is hosting a puppy speed-dating pop-up in London to help people find their perfect pooch. With three minutes a-puppy, you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of Britain’s most popular and Britain’s most vulnerable breeds, learning first-hand from breeders the pros and cons of taking on a dog. Eukanuba Discover Dogs takes place on 17-18 October at ExCel Exhibition Centre.